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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sleeping Problems And Suicidal Behaviour Could Be Related

Problems with sleeping, especially nightmares, could be strongly associated with suicidal behaviour, according to study results published in Sleep.

Research evaluated 165 patients who had been admitted to the hospital after attempting suicide; 89 percent of participants said they recently had problems sleeping. Getting to sleep was the most common complaint, affecting 73 percent of participants; the inability to stay asleep affected 69 percent; nightmares were reported by 66 percent; and 58 percent had early morning awakening.

Additionally, nightmares were associated with a fivefold increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviours.

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